The Mobile market has become the mainstream over the last two years. Many people only use a notebook for work school and even gaming.
But with this new and increasing market comes the need to "on-the-go" connectivity. For most this connectivity is found in Sierra of Novatel PCMCIA, Express 54 and 32 cards and of course the ever popular USB stick.
Nokia, once the defacto leader in wireless communication has now entered this market. Their new product (Most likely to be named the CS-10) will work on the HSPA 3G Network and should have download speeds in excess of 7 Mbps.
Read more at SlahGear.
Nokia has confirmed that it plans to begin shipping a USB HSPA modem in early 2009, presumably the CS-10 Internet Stick model that it launched at the beginning of December. According to the company's VP of hardware platform components, Nokia's experience in developing 3G chipsets and related technologies will stand them in good stead to take on segment-leader Huawei Technologies, the OEM behind many of the USB modems currently on the market.
Addonics has a new device for anyone that is into storage and like flexibility from their drives.
This new gadget is a NAS adapter and is capable of turning any ordinary USB HDD into a fully working NAS device.
The Addonics NAS Adapter supports SMB, Open Source Samba, FTP (for up to 8 users) and can ever be setup as a print server and Bit Torrent download appliance.
Read more at Business Wire.
Storage junkies, your dreams have just been made into reality. Addonics has just introduced a marvelous new piece of kit, the simple-yet-useful Network Attached Storage Adapter. This little box enables any USB hard drive to be placed onto a network for network access, essentially turning your stale USB HDDs into NAS drives. The device supports both SMB (Server Message Block) and the open source Samba network protocols, which allows for cross-platform access of shared data for most versions of OS X, Windows and Linux. For users not directly connected over the LAN, the adapter provides FTP access for up to eight simultaneous users anywhere in the world, and it can even be used as "a print server or as a BitTorrent file downloading appliance." Best of all? It's available right now for $55. Like we said, dream come true.
LaCie, apart from being reknowned for their high quality storage based products are also very good at bringing something different to the market.
This also holds true in the saturated flash drive market with the release of their new CurrenKey flash drive series.
As you can see above, two capacities are on offer, the 4GB (bronze) and 8GB (silver). Dimensions come in at 36 x 9mm and the internals are protected by a shock-proof die-cast casing.
In case you're wondering where the USB connector is, you can expose it simply by twisting the outer casing.
The CurrenKey flash series has USD pricing of $19.99 on the 4GB and $29.99 on the 8GB model. You can read more about them here.
Ok, is it me or has the whole world of USB keys gone a little over board?
(I can remember being happy over my 512MB drive).
Kingston would like you to have more space in your pocket though. Taking a look over at CrunchGear I see that there is now a 64GB Datatraveler out. The 64GB DataTraveler® 150 (DT150) USB Flash drive comes with a 5 year warranty and a $177 price tag.
Read the blurb from CrunchGear here.
Read the press release from Kingston here.
"The new 64GB DataTraveler 150 takes transportable storage to the next level with big capacity in a small package," said Jaja Lin, Flash business development manager, Kingston®. "As file sizes increase with digital media content such as music and photos, the need for USB Flash drives with high capacities will continue to rise. The DT150 certainly addresses those needs today."
Kingston's DataTraveler 150 is fully compatible with Windows Vista, XP and Windows 2000 as well as Mac OS X 10.3 (and above) and Linux 2.6 (and above). The DT150 carries a fully guaranteed five-year warranty and 24/7 tech support.
The sheer mass of choice available to you when purchasing a new flash drive these days is 10-fold what it was five years ago. It's hard to believe we managed just fine without them a mere 6+ years ago, walking around with those wretched floppy disks in our pockets instead.
It's difficult for flash drive makers to bring something unique to market these days; the range is that vast. However, if you're into ancient Egyptian culture then these new 2GB flash drives over at USB Geek should give you reason to walk like one.
Two Egypt series drives are on offer; the Sphinx and Egyptian. Both have metal casings with retractable USB connectors and also come with a necklace. Dimensions come in at 41 x 36 x 14mm (Sphinx), 44 x 22.6 x 7.8mm (Egyptian). You can buy them here for $22 USD.
Looks like USB is about to get an upgrade to the imaginative name of USB 3.0.
This latest announcement was made at the first SuperSpeed USB Development Conference held today. USB 3.0 looks to be ten times faster than USB 2.0 with better power distribution to devices and improved power management.
Read the announcement PDF here
Responsibility for the new specification fell to the USB 3.0 Promoter Group, which consists of HP, Microsoft, Intel, NEC, Texas Instruments and ST-NXP Wireless. They expect the first standalone controllers to hit the market in the second half of 2009, with consumer products arriving in 2010. Data-rich devices, such as hard-drives and high-definition camcorders, are expected to be the first products to take advantage of the backward-compatible connection.
As well as speed, energy efficiency has also been addressed in USB 3.0. While the connection can supply greater bus power to individual devices, reducing the need for a standalone PSU, improved power management means that overall energy use is in fact down.
Elitest storage provider LaCie has just introduced a new series of portable hard drives which primarily cater to multimedia users.
Dubbed the LaCinema Rugged family, these drives feature a scratch resistant aluminum shell which is further protected by shock-resistant rubber and internal anti-shock absorbing. The units run dimensions of 90 x 145 x 25 mm at a weight of 250 grams and can be purchased in capacities of 250, 320 and 500GB.
Sporting a remote control, the LaCinema Rugged drives not only carry USB 2.0 connectivity but also HDMI and audio (including optical) outputs for direct connectivity to your screen with upscaling abilities.
You can find out more details on the LaCinema Rugged family of portable hard disks including pricing here folks.
With the new LaCinema Rugged, you'll be able to access and enjoy your files on any television. You can watch television shows and movies, listen to music, and create photo slideshows to share with your friends and family. Created for LaCie by world-famous industrial designer Neil Poulton, the LaCinema Rugged goes beyond ordinary multimedia hard disks with its sophisticated all-terrain design. It features HDMI upscaling, allowing you to watch movies and television programs on your HD TV, or even enjoy your photos in full HD resolution.
If memory serves correctly, this is one of those products where you need to wonder why it wasn't done before now.
Silicon Power today introduced its black anti-scratch Ultima 155 USB flash drive in capacities of 1GB, 2GB, 4GB and 8GB.
The difference with this pen drive is that it includes a microSD / microSDHC card reader at the end of it. While it would be nice to see a pen drive that was able to accept SD and other flash cards, microSD is really the only type of flash that works due to the size.
Still, we reckon this is a great idea especially since microSD is gaining in popularity in portable devices. You can read more information over at the press release, which is here.
The USB 3.0 specification was released only this month on the 13th and already a company by the name of Fresco Logic has managed to run a live and very working demonstration during the Intel Developer Forum.
The company said it used a self-developed software development platform specifically designed for the show allowing it to demonstrate the performance of SuperSpeed USB or USB 3.0. Our computers have been powered by USB 2.0 for almost nine years now and next year is when we should start to see serious adoption of USB 3.0 products.
As a recap, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed is capable of a maximum theoretical speed of 480Mbit/s (or 60MB/s) and USB 3.0 kills it with a spec offering up to a maximum theoretical speed of 4.8Gbit/s (or 600MB/s) - yep, it is on paper ten times faster.
In the real-world though, the true story is hold and while far from disappointing, Fresco Logic's self-developed software development platform was measured transferring at up to 350MB/s (or 2.8Gbit/s). It still has some way to go to make up that extra 2Gbit/s (will it ever?) but considering this was a pre-production beta test, it's still pretty impressive.
The IDF red carpet is to be rolled out for USB 3.0, next week, claims this report from TG Daily.
'SuperSpeed USB' is the glittering moniker used to refer to the USB 3.0 architecture in Intel's announcement that, revision 0.9 of its Extensible Host Controller Interface (xHCI) draft specification, has been given the seal of approval. This revelation follows earlier claims that Intel was being less than forthcoming with sharing, yet it appears that the chip giant is, actually, in a sharing and caring mood.
It is also indicated, that the first USB 3.0 demonstrations may take place at IDF Fall 2008, in San Francisco, next week. It is understood that consumer products featuring USB 3.0 technology, are not expected to debut before late 2009 and that revision 0.95 of the xHCI specification, is scheduled for Q4 this year.
USB 3.0 will make notable advancements in the speed stakes, leaving its USB 2.0 predecessor well behind, tenfold.
Fellow Santa Clara, CA based company NVIDIA, is also rumoured to have joined the USB 3.0 party, together with arch-rival, AMD. Indeed, a quote in Intel's release, provided by AMD's Phil Eisler, is reassuring to the fact that USB 3.0 is making friends.
The advancements being made into USB 3.0 show that there is still life in the protocol, despite wireless technologies gaining more of a foothold.
With all the excitement surrounding Nehalem and the other content coming out of IDF, USB 3.0 will make sure its voice is heard if it does, indeed, make waves next week.
The lads at TechConnect have sighted some images of a fully decked out HD 4850 graphics card which comes equipped not only with a superior cooling solution but multiple connectivity options including DVI, HDMI and Displayport for future-proofing.
Featuring a red PCB and ZEROtherm's GX810 copper-happy cooler, the card is certainly quite the eye catcher, too. Whilst clock speeds and the amount of memory onboard isn't yet confirmed, it's likely that it sports the usual 512MB of RAM with a factory overclock thanks to the superior cooling on tap.
Thanks goes to pcpop for the images.
ASUS' highly anticipated Xonar HDAV 1.3 soundcard has quietly appeared on their website, though the company is yet to issue out a supporting press release for it.
The Xonar HDAV 1.3's biggest standout feature is that it is the first soundcard to bring full HDMI support. Much attention has been focused on the quality of components and ensuring a clean lossless design across the board with its Hyper Grounding circuitry and Burr-Brown DA converters.
Given the card's biggest marketing point is its residing HDMI support, it goes without saying that it can handle full 96 or 192KHz Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master audio streams with no downsampling. Furthermore, ASUS has also added their Splendid HD Video Processor to the card which is said to increase color performance and enhance edges for a more brilliant, crisper image. Splendid HD can also up-sample lower resolution content, recovering clarity for high-definition displays. There's also a few other examples of what the processor can do at the product page.
A Deluxe version of the Xonar HDAV 1.3 is to become available as well, though the product page for this offering is currently not online yet. It includes a HDAV H6 extension board with full 7.1 channel analog output and swappable op-amps. On that note, both versions of the card itself also have swappable op-amps whereby the listener has the ability to switch for ones that they feel further enhances the card's analog output.
Both packages of the card will come with ArcSoft's TotalMedia Theatre for Blu-ray playback as well as a bundle comprising a DVI to HDMI cable, a pair of Toslink (optical) S/PDIF adaptors for the RCA jacks and a 3.5mm-to-RCA adapter cable. Buying the Deluxe version will also give you some 3.5mm to RCA cables for the 7.1 analog output.
We're not yet sure on exact pricing or shipping dates yet. We'll bring you more as it comes in.
Nick Knupffer over at the Technology@Intel blog voices his opinion on the recent controversy that Intel is keeping the USB 3.0 spec all to itself.
Recent reports claim that Intel hasn't been sharing the hot and juicy details with tech company heavy weights such as AMD and NVIDIA.
Among other things, the blog post mentioned that the USB 3.0 specification is not owned by Intel and that the giant chip maker is merely a part of the USB 3.0 Promoter Group (which includes other giants such as HP, MSFT, NEC, NXP, and TI).
Rumour 2: Intel is holding back the specification, and not sharing with the industry.
No Intel isn't holding back the specification, the whole point of Intel investing heavily (gazillions of dollars and bazillions of man hours) into creating this 'Dummies Guide' is to enable the industry to start building USB 3.0 into their silicon as soon as possible, so why would Intel purposefully delay? One danger however of distributing an unfinished spec is the risk of incompatible hardware down the line, leading to a right mess. As an Intel specification Intel has the responsibility to insure that specifications we deliver to the industry are fully developed and mature enough for others to use. The Intel host controller spec is expected to be unveiled to the industry as soon as possible, in the second half of the year. The impatience of our fellow chipset-makers (as described in the press) to leverage Intel's investment and begin to design great USB 3.0 supporting devices of their own is however very encouraging and should aid a fast USB 3.0 adoption ramp.
Could anyone invest the necessary time and money to create such a host controller specification? Of course they could - but with Intel's Industry stewardship in sharing our spec the industry doesn't have to make the additional time and resource commitment.
USB 3.0 is slated to be officially launched sometime this year with consumer products ready for sale in 2009 or a little later. During the 2007 Intel Developer Forum, Pat Gelsinger demonstrated USB 3.0 and said that it is targeted at ten times the current bandwidth of USB 2.0 Hi-Speed (or about 4.8 Gbit per second) by utilizing two additional high-speed differential pairs for "Superspeed" mode.
When folks think of "Corsair" they not only think about high-performance DDR memory modules but also equally high performing USB pen drives.
Corsair has had it lineup of Flash Voyager for a while now but have only just announced its Flash Voyager Mini drives. In the last month or two, many companies have been releasing very tiny USB pen drives that easily slide inside your wallet and now it's Corsair's turn to shine in the light for its small pen drives.
While not as small as the amazingly tiny pico drives from Super Talent, Corsair's Flash Voyager Mini employs the same principles as its big brother but in a much small size. It looks to be almost as durable and shockproof but because of its capless design, this one isn't waterproof.
It comes in sizes up to 4GB and also includes 10 years worth of warranty if something happens to go bad.
COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2008 Nothing gets the juices going like a quad core graphics setup, but instead of doing it using 2 dual core cards, HIS show us how you kick it old school with 4 single cored cards cross-fired up.
But what's this? Marketing Radeon Products with an NV product?... the fan may be spinning too fast to see but our camera snaps the dirty deed!
What caught our eye more was the 4 monitors running attached to a single laptop. HIS are showing off their USB attached graphics cards of course!
Now these won't play Quake 3 or catch any impressive 3DMark score, but they will give you a simple plug and play solution to get an extra DVI port on your computer.
They run off the USB 5volt line as well so there is no need for external power supplies and are expected to retail around $199 USD but this is not a confirmed figure.
Resolution up to 1600x1200 (or 1680x1050 widescreen) and up to 6 monitors at a time.
Arctic Cooling has today unveiled a product which all Northern Hemisphere based folks probably shouldn't do without now that the summer heat is starting to well and truly kick in.
ARCTIC Breeze allows you to ride with the wind (oops, that is MSI's line) play with the wind. This simple yet genius device takes one of Arctic Cooling's 92mm cooling fans and essentially puts it on a stick with some USB cabling to power it. You can switch the fan speed between 1200 and 2000 RPM and it is supposedly quiet at both speeds.
It will be on sale from next month and set you back around $16 USD - please send one to me, Taipei humidity is shocking.
(Pfäffikon/Switzerland, 30 May 2008) This summer is going to be hot, hot and hot! Of course you need to keep your precious CPU and VGA coolers nice and cool during the summer, but how about buying yourself a cool gadget as well? Don't you want to breathe some fresh and cool air while you are gaming or working hard?
Stay cool this summer with ARCTIC COOLING's latest ARCTIC Breeze, a cool, quiet and portable USB desktop fan offering refreshing breeze in hot, sunny weather!
So, are you one of those people who still love Walt Disney's classic Mickey Mouse? Thankfully, if you are, you'll be overjoyed to discovered that A-DATA has a licensing agreement with Disney that allows them to produce all sorts of weird and whacky Disney based USB memory products.
The newest product from the Taiwanese memory maker A-DATA that will see its debut at Computex next week is the oddly named "Theme T703" pen drive - and Mickey Mouse fans will love it to bits!
Coming in colors of white, red and purple the 15 gram USB 2.0 pen drive will include storage capacity up to 8GB, all stored inside one of Mickey's famous ears. Mickey loses his face for a mirror for girly makeup on the go or you can even place a small picture in there if that's your thing.
When is Valentine's Day again? :)
Fudzilla managed to meet up with Albatron here in Taiwan and got a look at a couple new PCI graphics cards (yes - you read correctly, not PCI Express x16).
There are some companies out there who are making Radeon HD 3850 PCI cards but not so many that are producing GeForce based PCI products. Albatron intends to announce 8600GT, 8500GT and 8400GS PCI cards at Computex next week and they will all get HDMI output.
While that may not sound too exciting, Albatron believes that it has found a niche market for users who do not wish to upgrade their aging computer systems, just to get the latest in graphics.
While these are no power house graphics cards, they'll be good for some basic casual gaming of even current games at a low resolution and of course are perfect for someone looking to build a HTPC with old parts laying around the house or office.
You can read more over at Fudzilla.
Jason over at Team Group just sent us through some details regarding the release of some its new USB pen drives that will go on display at Computex Taipei next month.
First up is the Team Rainbow Series which come in sizes up to 1GB and we are told there will be many colors available to choose from and we are assured they will be cute and eye-catching.
Next up things spice up a little more with the upcoming Team Supreme Series pen drives which are made with premium IC chips and available in sizes from 8GB to 64GB.
In addition to the fashionable appearance design, the Team USB Disk 08 is equipped with the exclusive virus alert feature to prevent any Team USB disk from becoming a carrier of viruses to your system and to realize information safety in product design. The built-in USB disk manager allows you manage your Team USB disk at great ease, including disk partitioning and encryption, file and data encryption, data synchronization and mobile email management. Team has provided detailed information and recommendations and relevant drivers on its official website to show you how to operate your Team USB disk.
Established in 1994, Team Group Inc is a specialist manufacturer of memory modules, memory cards, USB disks and solid state disks. It became one of the frontrunners in the industry within a short time for our excellent operations. Today, Team is a famous and powerful memory module supplier. The Team USB Disk 08 will be announced at Computex Taipei 2008 held during June 3-7, 2008 in Taipei, and displayed at stalls J106-116 and J205-215, Zone J, NanGang Exhibition Hall of the Taipei World Trade Center. Welcome to join us to see their design quality and try their storage capacity.
IOGEAR is known for producing a range of weird yet wonderful and useful tech products and this one is no exception.
The USB Net ShareStation is a small and simple yet elegant and highly useful device that allows you to easily add USB to your network. Its relevance is a little questionable as you could of course just plug a USB device into a computer connected to your network but that of course means that computer needs to be switched on which could waste power.
Just power this thing on, plug a CAT5 or CAT6 cable into it from your network and you have just added USB to your network. It enables an external hard drive, flash drive, memory card reader, USB webcam, USB speaker, or USB Multi-Function Printer (MFP) to be shared from anywhere in your home or office and that's quite a nifty concept we think.
For more information head on over to the product website for more details.
Usually only reserved for the Japanese made by companies we've never heard of before, USB graphics adapters provide an alternative to adding another graphics card to your system, to add more graphics outputs from your system.
Now that EVGA has entered the fray and decided to enter this market, they should be easier for other parts of the world to get hold of including Australia and Europe. The two UV Plus models launched are UV-12 and UV-16. Simple attach them to a spare USB port on your system and you'll gain an additional DVI-I output instead of filling up your expansion slots with another graphics card.
The cheaper UV-12 box supports up to 1440x900 at a refresh rate of 60Hz and 32-bit color while the more expensive UV-16 supports up to 1680x1050 at a refresh rate of 60Hz and 32-bit color. It's a shame they don't support higher resolutions for people using 24-inch to 30-inch displays but it should be adequate for most users of 20-inch to 22-inch LCD displays. Keep in mind though, despite the typo, these products have nothing to do with DisplayPort - they use DisplayLink technology.
There are more details over here at the product website.